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The Law of the Harvest

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There’s a principle we see in life that is clearly taught in the Bible. You could call it the law of the harvest: “You always reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7).

 

Consider these truths that come from a single principle:

• You reap only if you sow.

• You reap only what you sow.

• You reap after you sow.

• You reap more than you sow.

You don’t have to be a gardener or farmer to see how this works.
Throughout the day we sow seeds. If we sow compassion, we’ll reap love. If we sow honesty, we’ll reap trust. If we sow faithfulness, we’ll reap loyalty. If we sow diligence we’ll reap plenty.

But there’s another bag of seeds.
If we sow anger, dishonesty, lust, and laziness, we’ll reap discord, distrust, immorality and neediness. Sowing the seeds may seem like a minor deal, almost inconsequential. But the principle holds. We want to choose wisely because whatever we sow will germinate, grow and spread. We reap more than we sow.

Wise people also protect their hearts from what others sow.
If we want to reap a life of integrity and purpose we need friends who will sow truthfulness and vision into our heart . . . friends who will pull weeds from the garden of our soul and replace them with seeds of godliness.

So what kind of seeds will you sow today…and this week?
The law of the harvest is inviolable—we always reap what we sow. And let’s be encouraged when we do what pleases the Lord. Here’s what Paul says in Galatians 6:9—“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Clarification: this does not mean every negative circumstance in my life is a result of faulty sowing.
We live in a broken world, and all feel the effects of that. However, we can make decisions in areas where we are responsible and have the opportunity.

Let’s be sure to sow the right kind of behaviors. Just as a farmer doesn’t see immediate results—but just dirt for days or even weeks—the law of the harvest is certainly at work. What is largely invisible will soon be visible. The consequences are highly significant. Will you sow intentionally—and wisely—with me this week?

When the Bible warns us to run from things that harm us, it also encourages us to go after what’s good… “along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

It’s like the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We’re stronger together.

That’s why I’m grateful for the support & recovery groups that are making “together” possible for so many people. In case you didn’t know, here are the groups that meet at Grace each week (with room #). For more info, feel free to call the church office (440) 243-4885.

Support Groups at Grace

WEEKLY

AA Meeting
Sundays @8pm in Room 22

AA Meeting
Mondays @7:30pm in Room 10

AA Women's Meeting
Sundays @2pm in Room 203

AA Men's Group
Wednesdays @9:30am in Room 62

24 HR Chairman's Choice - AA Group
Thursdays at 7:30pm in Room 4

12 Steps - Addiction Recovery Group
Mondays @7:30 pm in Room 35

Keys to Recovery - Addiction Recovery Group
Tuesdays @7:30pm in Room 20

DivorceCare
Sundays @12pm in Room 202

Al-Anon Meetings
Mondays @7:30pm in Room 4

Conquer Series - Men's Purity Support Group
Wednesdays @7pm in Room 22

Beyond Betrayal - Women healing from the betrayal of a loved one's porn addiction
Wednesdays @7pm in Room 10

Galvanized: Men's Addiction Recovery Group
Fridays @7:30pm in Room 209

Serenity Sisters - Women's Addiction Recovery Group
Saturdays @3pm in Room 10

Recovery International - Mental Illness Support Group
Saturdays @10am in Room 9

 

MONTHLY

#MeToo - Women’s Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivors Support Group 
1st Tuesday of each month @7pm in Room 10

Living Hope - Mental Illness Support Group
3rd Saturday of each month @10 am in Room 10

Chronic Pain Support Group
4th Tuesday of each month @7pm in Room 203

Job Seekers Network 
1st & 3rd Mondays of each month in Room 201

Bridge of Grace & Truth - Support for LGBT+ & their Families 
1st Saturday of each month @2pm, 3rd Tuesday of each month @7pm in Room 10

Cancer Support Network
For info on the Cancer Support Network, please contact dennis.barta@gracecma.org

 

 

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